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The Outfit by Gus Russo

The Outfit

by Gus Russo

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A detailed history of the birth of organized crime in the 'Second City'. Filled with fascinating (if repellent) characters, Russo captures the pragmatic mentality of the upper echelons of crime. The Outfit (and its successors) still have quite a bit of influence today, and readers wanting to find out how mobs truly work could do worse than starting here. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Dec 31, 2013 |
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"It is a common misconception that all the true organized crime stories have been written. In fact, perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, surprisingly well hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. Along the way, the gang pioneered many diversions now taken for granted: off-track betting, casino gambling, Top Forty record listings, and music videos. They also helped make blockbuster movies and elect presidents." "The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (the greatest political fixer and union organizer this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca (the ambassador to the New York Crime Commission), and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. Moving with purpose and panache, the Outfit blended effortlessly with upperworld corporate heads, Hollywood moguls, and national political icons. It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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